This year, we’re growing an all-pepper bed as part of our Kitchen Garden Planner designs. This means we’ll have lots of peppers to preserve for winter stir-fries, salads and sandwiches.
Vegetables That Can Be Preserved Easily and Quickly
- Winter Squash
If you find yourself with an abundance of vegetables, there are several ways to handle the harvest.
One of the best parts of summer is having an abundance of fresh food from the garden. But that very abundance becomes stressful toward the end of the season when my before- or after-work strolls reveal perfectly ripe and delicious vegetables about to go to waste.
Some weeks I just can’t find the time to can tomatoes, make a batch of salsa or chili, or make jelly, jam or pickles. Maybe I should plant a smaller garden, you say? Well … I can’t. I could probably skip the eggplant and tomatillos and Swiss chard altogether, but they’re like old friends. I’m always glad to see them and I’d miss their distinctive form and leaves and flowers and fruit. I could surely get by without so many tomato and pepper plants, but they are so robust and so generous and so happy in my garden that come spring I just can’t reduce the number I plant.
If you, too, find yourself with more vegetables than time, read my list of super-quick, after-work solutions that I use to save some of summer’s bounty for cold winter days.
Director of Gardening, Gardener’s Supply